Articles on theology.
I was a committed skeptic and atheist until the age of thirty-five. I was also a detective and a thoughtful evidentialist. The vast majority of my co-workers were non-Christians, but I did know a few committed believers who worked as detectives at my agency. When I poked fun at their beliefs and challenged them to give me just a few reasons why I should trust the New Testament or believe in the supernatural, they were woefully inept and unable to make an evidential case for what they believed.
Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt wrote an article for the Daily Beast [on February 23 of this year] accusing conservative Christians of hypocrisy and unchristian behavior for suggesting that some persons’ consciences won’t allow them to use their creative gifts to help celebrate same-sex weddings. Since I was a key example of this hypocrisy, I’ll respond to that charge.
By the amount of airtime on multiple networks, the money spent on security, and the attention given its TV commercials, you could have gotten the impression that nothing in all of life is so important as the Super Bowl.
Making the decision to become a Christian has many similarities to a marriage commitment. The Bible constantly uses marriage as a central metaphor for God’s relationship with us.
The Bible warns against these people. According to Matthew 7:15 we should: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Found deep in the pages of Scripture is a passage that rarely makes it into sermon outlines or Bible class discussions. Many scholars and Bible students believe this passage refers to a time in history when fallen angels came to earth and produced offspring with humans.
Leviticus 24:5-9 relates a Torah rule about worship protocol. The priests were to prepare a dozen loaves of fresh bread every week. They were to be placed on the golden table before Yahweh on the Sabbath. When the weekly replacement occurred, the priests could eat the bread being removed. The law was clear: no one but priests could devour the sacred Bread of the Presence.
I wonder about the freaky image burned into the Shroud of Turin – could it be the crucified Jesus Christ?
For some time now I have been concerned about “our” (perhaps only my own) understanding of the “doctrine” of grace. It is true that we, as a people of God, have sometimes not grasped the depth of grace in our preaching and teaching.
There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night and ask myself, “What if I am wrong, what if there is no God? Is God real?”
The question found in the title above terrified me in my early Christian years. And I suspect many other Christians agonize over whether or not they can fall from grace. Sometimes I’d lie awake at night wondering if my recurring struggles with sin would keep me from heaven.
I searched the websites of the major George’s (Gallup, Barna, and Curious) this morning hoping to find data regarding an important matter. I’m curious to know if balky American sinners have ever been polled to reveal their least favorite Book of the Bible.
The New Testament occasionally speaks of faith in terms of a fixed vein of truth. As such, it is to be sought and mined by the diligent.
Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?
I recently began reading Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel, The Da Vinci Code. I found it to be a gripping mystery filled with page-turning cliffhangers. No wonder this book has sparked such a reaction. Many novelists have written copycats, hoping to strike similar gold. On the other hand, countless Christian writers and theologians have fought an uphill battle trying to set the historical record straight. Darrell Bock is one of them, and he debunks Brown’s ideas in his book, Breaking the Da Vinci Code. Many have wondered why biblical scholars would take such an interest in fiction, but Brown asserts many spurious claims about Christianity, and his charges must be answered. […]